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Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

...an HRV in an older leaky home? There are lots of articles explaining the importance of balanced ventilation in tight homes, seems like air quality could/should ...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...an air/water heat exchanger for heating the hot water tank instead. Is the closed loop system maintained when diverting heat to the air/water heat exchanger for...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

...an air exchanger that moves 1500 CFM of air from from the outside with temperatures ranging from 0°Fahrenheit 2 an exhaust temperature of at least 55 Can you te...

Posted by Jarred Weaver July 29, 2019, 8:55 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...and I will be adding an addition this summer with normal height ceilings and a new stairwell to the basement. Should I arrange for a ceiling fan in the older pa...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

For doing an off grid home what is the cost of the slab?

...and how much reinforcement I would need to hold the structure I want to build. Can you help? Where are you building? And are you talking about the air heated ra...

Posted by Jayperion July 31, 2020, 10:15 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...ance for any knowledge you can impart. Lee I am not entirely sure what you mean by a ‘second ground loop’ after the system but I’ll take a shot at an explanat...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...and depressurizes the house) to help find and seal leaks. And think of it more as limiting air leakage rather than stopping it, even the highest quality brand n...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...and has an existing Fantech HRV system to provide fresh air and minimize heat loss of the exhausting air to prevent moisture issues causing mold. The home also ...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...and I want to find building plans for Eco friendly houses. We don’t currently have plans we can offer unfortunately. There are Passive House and LEED certified ...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 3 Responses

Can you recommend an HVAC contractor in Vancouver?

...ancouver. We have a natural gas boiler that heats water for hot water uses and the water that flows through floor pipes providing radiant heating. The floor hea...

Posted by Jennifer Smith March 18, 2019, 5:58 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...ant, not a homeowner, so I can't tear down drywall and reinsulate but winter is coming and drafts are already getting in. Is there anything I can do to prevent ...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...an I use with the radient barrier? Hemp or wool? Where can I buy hemp? Thanks! You can order Hemp insulation through Ecohome , and hemp is a natural and non-tox...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...anels are a lot less hassle and risk than solar water heating panels, and a lot more affordable than photovoltaic solar panels. We expect this to be among the m...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...ane Harvey. I don't think I would have to go that high though. Anyinsight is appreciated. Thanks, Mike It’s possible someone may disagree with me, and I hop...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can an HRV be installed in a condo?

...and the odours and chemicals make obtaining fresh air from opening windows quite difficult. Would an HRV help to filter out the odours and pollutants? Are there...

Posted by Eugene Tam June 29, 2020, 7:42 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Should I use an air source heat pump in a Passive House?

...ant heat in the slab and a wood stove. do I need all this or can I do it wish just the heat pump? Or can you advise me on a better system to install? I'm buildi...

Posted by Iain cunningham March 27, 2019, 9:31 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...and freezing temperatures on the main floor in the corners of the house. We plan to replace the single pane wood frame windows when updating the outside of our ...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

...and rebuild on an existing basement foundation can be done as long as the basement is structurally solid, to do that you would be best to consult an engineer an...

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses